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June 1971

Avulsed Retinal Vessels With Retinal BreaksA Cause of Recurrent Vitreous Hemorrhage

Author Affiliations

Miami, Fla
From the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Fla. Dr. Robertson is now with the Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(6):669-672. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050671004

Data on 14 patients who had vitreous hemorrhage in association with a round retinal break and an avulsed, intact retinal vessel attached to the overlying operculum indicate that this association is a specific clinical entity for which a predictable course of events can be anticipated. Intermittent vitreous hemorrhages recur as long as the vessel remains intact over the operculum. Generally, the interval between hemorrhages is a few months, although recurrences may continue over several years. Hemorrhages no longer occur after the vessel becomes interrupted. This interruption is almost always associated with a final episode of bleeding. Various forms of treatment have not prevented recurrences of bleeding.